The JSGS Executive Internship Program offers MPA and MPP students the opportunity to enhance their graduate experience with an internship in the federal or provincial public service, in municipal or local government, and in non-governmental organizations. Unlike other policy schools, our Student Experience Officer works with employer representatives to pair students with senior-level executives within the organization, and works with mentors to establish a mutually beneficial and high-quality experience for all parties.

For students enrolled in the JSGS Executive Internship Program, concrete benefits include remuneration, valuable career preparation and experience, development of an extensive professional network, as well as accelerated professional growth and advancement. Interns prepare for future careers by learning about government processes through direct involvement in policy change, budget preparation, program development and delivery, and strategic planning and reporting.

"With strong ties to the provincial government, the school provided me with a unique and valuable internship experience in government that allowed me to apply the skills I learned in class. In addition, working in a smaller organization as an intern exposed me to high-level decision-making and allowed for daily interaction with senior managers and policy makers."
- Matthew Jurczak, MPP Alumni

Goals and Objectives

The goal of each internship placement is to expose MPA and MPP students to and give them hands-on experience with a broad range of activities and issues related to public administration, public policy analysis and evaluation. JSGS Executive Internship opportunities may be based in federal or provincial departments, other public agencies, and even nongovernmental or international organization/agencies. Interns will apply their knowledge and skills and learn about the organizations processes through direct involvement in:

  • planning, policy development and analysis;
  • budget development;
  • program development and delivery;
  • research and evaluation; and
  • strategic planning and reporting.

Partnering Organizations

The JSGS would like to thank the following organizations for participating in the JSGS Executive Internship Program:

  • Government of Canada, 2010 – Present
  • Saskatchewan Government, 2005 – Present
  • Elections Saskatchewan, Present
  • Saskatchewan Liquor and Gaming Authority (SLGA), Present
  • SaskBuilds, 2014 – Present
  • City of Regina, 2010 – Present
  • City of Saskatoon, 2011 and 2014 - Present
  • Saskatchewan College of Paramedics and Saskatchewan Association of Medical Radiation Technologists, 2015

Past partners include:

  • eHealth Saskatchewan, 2016
  • Saskatchewan Polytechnic, 2015 - 2016
  • Saskatchewan Institute, Conference Board of Canada, 2015 - 2016
  • Provincial Auditor Saskatchewan, 2012 – 2014
  • Saskatchewan School Board Association, 2011
  • Earnscliffe Strategy Group, 2014
  • College of Engineering, University of Saskatchewan, 2012
  • Institutional Planning and Assessment, University of Saskatchewan, 2012 - 2014

The JSGS would like to thank these organizations for their contributions, and we look forward to partnering with them in the future.

Current Interns

Intern Placement
Eric Neudorf

Western Economic Diversification Canada
Rhonda Laing, Policy, Planning and External relations
Location: Saskatoon

Iwona Mazurek

Privy Council Office
Jessey Basi, Public Service renewal Secretariat
Location: Ottawa

Morgan Seidler

Correctional Service Canada
Peter Linkletter, Regional Headquarters - Prairies
Location: Saskatoon

Intern Placement
Colten Goertz

Ministry of Government Relations, Policy and Program Services
John Edwards, Executive Director
Location: Regina

Derrick Lepine

Ministry of Highways and Infrastructure, Deputy Minister’s Office
Nithi Govindasamy, Deputy Minister
Location: Regina

Dinah Tambalo Ministry of Environment, Resource Management and Compliance Division
Kevin Murphy, Assistant Deputy Minister
Location: Regina
Iuliia Khimchak

Public Service Commission, Strategic Planning and Policy
Glenda Francis, Executive Director
Location: Regina

Julia Rudzitis

Ministry of Health, Deputy Minister’s Office
Max Hendricks, Deputy Minister
Location: Regina

Moshe Kutnowski

Ministry of Justice, Court Services
Jan Turner, Assistant Deputy Minister
Location: Regina

Oleksandra Sakhno

Ministry of Advanced Education, Corporate Services and Accountability Division
David Boehm, Assistant Deputy Minister
Location: Regina

Olha Atamanchuk

Ministry of Highways and Infrastructure, Corporate Services Division
Wayne Gienow, Executive Director
Location: Regina

Rahat Haider

Ministry of Education, Provincial Library and Literacy Office
Alison Hopkins, Provincial Librarian/Executive Director
Location: Regina

Raymond Thomson

Ministry of Parks, Culture and Sport, Deputy Minister’s Office
Lin Gallagher, Deputy Minister
Location: Regina

Roman Matviichuk

Ministry of Finance, Treasury Management Division
Denise Macza, Associate Deputy Minister
Location: Regina

Shawn Robinson

Ministry of Environment, Strategic Planning and Performance Improvement Branch
Jennifer Redston, Manager
Location: Regina

Tina Yang

Ministry of Economy, Performance and Strategic Initiatives
Michael Mitchell, Assistant Deputy Minister
Location: Regina

Intern Placement
Alla Shamrai

Provincial Auditor Saskatchewan
Angèle Borys, Deputy Provincial Auditor/Chief Operating Officer
Location: Regina

Augustina Osaseri

SaskBuilds, Corporate Services
Teresa Florizone, Vice President/CFO
Location: Regina

Griffin Wild

Saskatchewan Liquor and Gaming Authority, Corporate Services Division
Jim Engel, Vice President
Location: Regina

Peter Reeson

Elections Saskatchewan
Michael Boda, Chief Electoral Officer
Location: Regina

Intern Placement
Conrad Jacobs

City of Regina, Corporate Services Group
Dawn Martin, Manager
Location: Regina

Gamal Bin Ghanem

City of Regina, Operations Group
Michelle Forman, Manger
Location Regina

Chelsey O’Callaghan

City of Saskatoon, Fire Department
Andy Kotelmach, Deputy Chief
Location: Saskatoon

Kristina Rissling

City of Saskatoon, Building Standard
Kara Fagnou, Director
Location: Saskatoon

Luis Duarte City of Saskatoon, Aboriginal Relations
Gilles Dorval, Director
Location: Saskatoon
Nathan Olson City of Saskatoon, Strategic and Business Planning
Kim Matheson, Director
Location: Saskatoon
Intern Placement
Abraham Idogho

Global Transportation Hub
Allen Mullen, Executive Director
Location: Regina

Christine Taylor

Agricultural Manufacturers of Canada
Leah Olson, President
Location: Regina

Rashed Al-Mamun

Saskatchewan College of Paramedics/Saskatchewan Association of Medical Radiation Technologists/Saskatchewan College of Respiratory Therapists
Jacqueline Messer-Lepage, Executive Director and Chelsea Wilker, Executive Director
Location: Regina

Information for Students

Applicants to the JSGS Executive Internship Program must:

  1. be current (not graduated) JSGS MPA or MPP students;
  2. have a minimum 75 per cent average; and must
  3. have completed at least 50 per cent of the program by the time the internship placement begins. 

Students interested in pursuing an internship placement are required to apply to the internship program and undergo a comprehensive assessment process. Interns will be selected on the basis of their academic performance and the quality of their application package. Short-listed applicants will be invited to an interview with an interview panel comprised of JSGS and employer representatives. Successful candidates may be invited to attend a follow-up interview with a prospective mentor.

Application to the internship program consists of the following:

  • A completed cover check list (see Resources).
  • A professional cover letter, resume and the names of two academic references from JSGS faculty. In your cover letter briefly explain why you are interested in an internship.  Please note, “faculty” refers to individuals listed as Faculty on the JSGS website, or those who have taught you in a JSGS course. JSGS will contact faculty for reference details; applicants are just required to submit faculty names.
  • A one-page biography (500 words or less) and a photo (optional).
  • An examination of your academic standing.  Applicants can access this information via their PAWS or U of R Self-Serve account.

Please send your complete application package electronically, via email attachment to the Student Experience Officer ( js_internship@uregina.ca)

You will be sent a confirmation email that your application package has been received. If you do not receive confirmation within a day or two, please contact the Johnson Shoyama Graduate School. Only complete application packages will be accepted.

Applications for the JSGS Executive Internship Program are accepted from January 1 - February 1 annually.

Once all applications have been received, the Student Experience Officer will contact faculty members for written references. Please note that, students only need to ask faculty to be a reference; do not submit any written reference in your application package.

Once this step is complete, selected students will be invited by the Student Experience Officer to attend an interview in February or March. The interview panel will consist of JSGS and employer representatives. In the interview, each applicant will be given an hour to write a briefing note (template provided) on a topic provided the day of the event. This is to assess your writing skills and ability to produce quality material in a short time frame.

After all interviews are complete, the interview panel will assemble for placement discussions. Employer representatives will negotiate with each other about the placement of successful candidates. JSGS representatives will be present during this discussion, but they will not make the placement decisions. Their role is to moderate the discussion, if necessary, and to ensure process is followed.

Students will be contacted by potential employers starting in March for possible follow up meet and greets or second interviews. Please note that not all students will be contacted at the same time and that this process of contacting students may continue until June.

Successful candidates will receive a letter of congratulations and a contract from the Student Experience Officer. This letter will explain the steps that you will need to take to set up payroll at the university (as a scholarship) and to register in JSGS 850. Contracts need to be signed as soon as possible because the process of securing all signatures can be delayed due to summer holidays. For provincial interns, the Public Service Commission will also send you a letter stating the steps you need to complete before the start of the internship. Some of these steps may include an oath of office and security check. Please note that not all ministries or agencies require these.

Federal interns are required to have a security check completed before they start, this can cause delays. Federal Interns are hired by the Federal Government, so students will receive a letter of offer and contract from the Federal Government. Federal Interns are required to register for the JSGS 850 course during their internship.

Internships generally run from September 1 through to April 28. Interns must be registered in JSGS 850 during the entire length of the internship (e.g. fall and winter terms for eight-month internships). This course is fee-based; please see the university website for tuition due dates. The Student Experience Officer will hold monthly luncheons for the interns every third Wednesday of the month. Each luncheon will be a “lunch and learn” event with a guest invited to speak with the interns. The luncheons are an opportunity for the interns to continue learning and to meet and network with other interns and the guest speakers.

Interns are not permitted to hold a Graduate Teaching Assistantship during the internship, but they are allowed to have a Research Assistant position. However, these positions are not recommended because they could interfere with the internship. Interns are permitted to take a class during the internship, but only one class is recommended per semester. If interns choose to take classes during the internship, they should receive permission from their mentor to ensure that it does not interfere with the internship. The internship is a full-time commitment, which typically requires working from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. five days per week. For this reason, we suggest that interns discuss with the mentor and the Student Experience Officer any activities that may interfere with this commitment.

Once interns have received an offer and signed contracts, they must register in JSGS 850 for the duration of the internship. For example, those doing eight-month internships must register and pay for JSGS 850 in the fall and winter terms. This course is fee-based; please see the university website for tuition due dates. MPP interns must also register and pay for their research hours.

Federal interns are paid at an hourly rate of pay determined by the employer. All other interns receive a scholarship of $25,000 for an eight-month internship ($3,125 per month for the duration of the program).

Information for Mentors

The Johnson Shoyama Graduate School of Public Policy (JSGS) offers partnering organizations the opportunity to enhance their organization through the addition of an MPA and MPP student through the JSGS Executive Internship Program. The depth and quality of our internship program distinguishes it from any other in the country. We are the only internship in Canada that pair senior executive level mentors with top graduate level students with a focus on the development of a high quality mentorship experience.

Both partner organizations and interns benefit from JSGS Executive Internships. Partner organizations benefit greatly by having interns provide a fresh, youthful perspective on projects and in decision-making, having access to a resource with the latest thinking in public policy, having access to potential future employees and by gaining a new perspective in the analysis of policy.

The interns gain valuable career preparation and experience, remuneration, the development of an extensive professional network, as well as accelerated professional growth and advancement. Throughout the course of the internship, JSGS interns gain the skills they need to thrive in a public or private environment.

Internship mentors are from the most senior levels in their organizations, and provide direction and guidance to the interns. Mentors will design and monitor the placement to ensure it is rewarding and meaningful for both the mentor and intern. Additionally, the mentor is available to share their knowledge and experience.

Prior to the start of the internship, mentors will meet with JSGS representatives to review  work plans for the interns, and internship guidelines. The JSGS encourages a 1/3 – 1/3 – 1/3 breakdown in activities as follows:

  • Interns are tasked with one substantive, meaningful project aligned with the interns interests;
  • Interns will shadow the mentor to meetings, planning sessions, and other applicable experiences; and
  • Interns are involved in additional areas of the host organization.

Mentors will expose interns to as many areas of the organization as possible. Weekly meetings with the intern will ensure the intern is learning the practical how and why’s of organizational processes and decision-making and ensuring the internship is progressing well.

JSGS Executive Internships take place over the course of either four or eight months. Student applications are accepted between January 1 – February 1 of each year, and placements begin in September. Interested partner organizations must submit an Intern Request Form (see Resources) by February 15. Interns and partner organizations are matched following the interviews.

Applicants to the JSGS Executive Internship Program must be current (not graduated) MPA and MPP students with a minimum 75 per cent average. They must also have completed at least 50 per cent of their program by the time the internship placement begins.

To apply, students are required to submit an application package that includes a professional resume, personal biography, cover letter, and JSGS faculty references. Students who meet required academic standards will be invited to participate in an interview to further assess their competencies. The interview panel will consist of JSGS and employer representatives. Interviews are scheduled at the end of February or start of March, and each generally lasts forty-five minutes. Successful candidates may be invited for a follow-up interview with a prospective mentor.

JSGS interns receive a scholarship of $25,000 for an eight-month internship. Once contracts have been signed, partner organizations are invoiced by either the University of Regina or the University of Saskatchewan (depending on where the student is enrolled). The student’s home institution will facilitate monthly payments to the intern.

Federal interns are compensated at an hourly rate of pay determined by the employer.

If you are interested in becoming a partnering organization and mentoring a JSGS Executive Intern, we ask that you complete the Intern Request Form (see Resources) and submit it to JSGS’s Student Experience Officer by February 15th.

If you have questions about the program, please contact:

Trent Blezy
Student Experience Officer
Johnson Shoyama Graduate School of Public Policy
University of Regina
Room 110, 2 Research Drive
Regina, SK   S4S 0A2
Ph: 306-585-5468
Email: js_internship@uregina.ca

Student FAQs

Interns will enter into a mentoring partnership with a senior leader (deputy minister, senior executive or senior manager) of a government ministry, department, public agency or private organization. In addition to providing valuable work experience, the program increases the number of experienced individuals available to compete for future vacancies in the public service and private sector.

Placement Application Deadline Start Date Length Remuneration Location
Federal Jan 1 - Feb 1 May or September 4-8 months Hourly Regina, Saskatoon & Ottawa
Provincial Jan 1 - Feb 1 September 8 months Scholarship Regina, Saskatoon
Municipal Jan 1 - Feb 1 September 8 months Scholarship Regina, Saskatoon
Provincial Auditor Saskatchewan Jan 1 - Feb 1 September 8 months Scholarship Regina
Private Sector Jan 1 - Feb 1 September 8 months Scholarship Canada

Interns will apply their knowledge, while learning first-hand the nature of organizations, including the internal workings of an organization, the reporting and governance structure, legislation and interface with the organizational structure. Interns will be exposed to a broad range of activities, such as budget development, strategic planning and reporting, as well as policy and program development and the migration of this development to the implementation, monitoring and evaluation stages. While tasks may vary, interns will gain first-hand experience in the day to day activities of the organization, such as writing reports, gathering and analyzing public opinion, preparing briefing notes, preparing decision items and conducting research.

Students may qualify for the Executive Internship Program if they:

  • are a current (not graduated) MPA, MPP or MAEPA student;
  • have a minimum 75 per cent average; and have
  • completed 50 per cent of their degree prior to the internship start date.

All eligible applicants will be invited to an interview with the assessment panel. The interview will focus on areas such as leadership, knowledge of government, analytical thinking and understanding, teamwork, dealing with conflict, problem solving and other relevant areas. Students must be prepared to demonstrate their knowledge of government and government processes which they have learned during the course of the program and an ability to interact with senior government officials in a confident, helpful manner.

After all interviews are complete, the interview panel will assemble for placement discussions. Employer representatives will negotiate with each other about the placement of successful candidates. JSGS representatives will be present during this discussion, but they will not make the placement decisions. Their role is to moderate the discussion, if necessary, and to ensure process is followed. Prospective candidates may be invited for a second interview or a meet and greet with potential mentors.

Federal internships are generally four or eight month placements starting in May or September, with the possibility of extension. All other internships start in September and are eight months in duration.

Federal interns are paid at an hourly rate of pay determined by the employer. All other interns receive a scholarship of $25,000 for an eight-month internship ($3,125 per month for the duration of the program).

Interns are permitted to take classes during the internship, but only one class is recommended per semester. If interns choose to take a class during the internship, they should receive permission from their mentor to ensure that it doesn’t interfere with the internship. The internship is a full-time commitment, which typically requires working from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. five days per week. For this reason, we suggest that interns discuss with the mentor and the Student Experience Officer any activities that may interfere with this commitment.

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